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Exhibit: Transforming the Human Spirit

Posted on Aug 26, 2014
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Exhibit: Transforming the Human Spirit

"Transforming the Human Spirit," an exhibition that seeks to increase viewer awareness of their power to create peace, will open Monday, September 22, 2014, in Swenson Hall. The opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Swenson 1004-Lecture Hall. 

Sponsored by UWS and Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA), the exhibit explores the root causes of violence and the importance of individual actions that can foster a culture of peace on a personal, local and global level. James Hermann, SGI-USA Midwest Leader, will give the keynote address at the reception, which is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is part of a series of events that will be held between September 22 and October 3, 2014, when the exhibition closes. The free events include: 

  • A opening event with keynote speaker, James Herrmann, SGI-USA Midwest Leader, and a reception to follow in Swenson 1004, at 5:00pm, Monday, September 22. 
  • A panel discussion made up of diverse members of the community on Thursday, September 25, at noon in Swenson 1004 to discuss peace and violence in our community.
  • A workshop conducted by Dr. Maria Cuzzo of the UWS Department of Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity entitled "Ten Techniques for Peacemaking Everyday," which will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. in Swenson 3069.   

"Transforming the Human Spirit" has been exhibited in more than 30 countries. It is part of the Soka Gakkai International's "People's Decade of Action for Nuclear Abolition" initiative, established in 2007 to increase the number of people worldwide working to make a culture of peace a reality. The initiative was launched in conjunction with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). The SGI, a global, lay Buddhist association, continues to work to build a network of global citizens working toward this shared goal.  

"It is our hope that viewers of the exhibit and workshop participants will learn how they can diffuse challenging situations by taking action using consensus and dialogue, rather than the 'hard power' of violence," said Tammy Fanning, Associate Dean of Students. "That is the first step that each of us can take to become a catalyst for peace."

For more information about the events, please contact: Lisa Mattsson. , 715 394 8013, or Tammy Fanning,, 715 394 8243.

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